Auberlen, Turner first and third in championship, respectively Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - 08/25/2003 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com drivers Will Turner and Bill Auberlen strengthened their ...
Auberlen, Turner first and third in championship, respectively
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - 08/25/2003 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com drivers Will Turner and Bill Auberlen strengthened their Championship standings with top five finishes in Saturday's Speed Touring Car Championship race at Road America in Wisconsin. Auberlen's third-place finish increased his lead in the Driver's Championship and Will Turner's fifth place moved him into third spot overall. Just three races remain in the season.
Auberlen qualified in the sixth spot for Saturday afternoon's race. Top finishers in SCCA competition carry ballast weight to equalize the field. Auberlen's success this year means he carried an additional 180lbs of success ballast. A stupendous start, however, put him into fourth at the first corner. Several corners later, however, he found himself on the side of the track after contact with another car. The field whizzed by with no opportunities for Auberlen to rejoin except in last place.
"I went from third or fourth to dead last. I was thinking, 'I have a long way to go," Auberlen said. He repeatedly set the race's fastest lap as he tore through the field during the 17-lap race. He was into the top ten on lap ten and then got by two cars on the last lap to get his sixth podium finish of the year. Auberlen's lead in the Championship was increased by one point over Pierre Kleinubing to 61 points total.
Will Turner started from seventh spot in his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Allshocks.com BMW 325i. Will's move up the charts started when he passed the Mazda of Shauna Marinus. A few laps later Mike Fitzgerald's Lexus experienced trouble and Turner moved up another spot into fifth en route to a finish only .326 second back from Kleinbuing. Turner's string of high finishes has meant valuable points in the Championship. Kleinubing still holds second place overall but Turner is just twelve points behind in third.
With Auberlen's podium finish, BMW's lead in the Manufacturer's Championship is now 14 points over Acura. He also picks up more equalizing weight as well for a total of 200 extra pounds for the next race.
The Speed Channel begins their broadcasts of the Road America race of the Speed Touring Car Championship on Saturday, September 6 at 1pm.
Catch the Touring Cars again when the series heads to Laguna Seca Raceway in California on the weekend of September 6. Native Californian Bill Auberlen will defend his points lead at his home track. Don't miss a lap!